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Minnesota voter turnout could break records


November 5, 2020

Aaron Lavinsky – Star Tribune

Voters filled out their ballots at Lucy Laney at Cleveland Park Community School in north Minneapolis Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

More Minnesotans than ever before are believed to have cast ballots in Tuesday's election, which could potentially produce one of the highest voter turnout rates as well.

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon estimated Wednesday that 3,223,146 voters participated in the election, either as part of the record surge in early absentee balloting or by voting on Election Day.

The unofficial 78% turnout rate would be the most for the state since 2008, and Simon said that percentage could grow as high as 80% - a level not seen since the 1950s. By comparison, more than 2.6 million voters participated in the 2018 midterm election - a 64% turnout rate - and more than 2.9 million voted in 2016's general election - a rate of 74%.


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